Just took my boys away for the winter break. It was nice to have them all to myself for an entire week without interruptions from their cell phones and facebook and texts and IM’s and all the other distractions in their lives. You need to reconnect every now and then and that’s what this trip did more than anything else. It’s been a little while since we’ve been away and the thing I noticed most this time around was just how mature they’ve become. I can
begin to see the little boy in each of them begin to disappear and in its place a young man is beginning to take shape.
No longer are they happy doing what I suggest. Now it’s four men with four opinions on what they want to do and where they want to go and where to eat and what time to get up and so on. In some ways its more difficult to travel but in other ways I feel like they are slowly becoming my friends more than just kids I need to safeguard. We played tennis, went swimming and snorkeling together, parasailing, staying up to all hours of the night, eating lobster dinners and watching movies with R ratings. Gone are the babysitting days. And although it’s bittersweet there is also much pleasure in watching your little boys growing into fine young men. Men that I can hang with for the rest of my life and maybe just maybe if I’ve done my job right…might just take care of me a little in my old age.
Ofer Aronskind is an author of adventure books for kids and is a single dad of 3 teenage boys.